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Amy Adams

1974-08-20 Vicenza, Veneto, Italy

Image of Amy Adams


Amy Lou Adams (born: August 20, 1974) in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, while her father was a U.S. serviceman. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry. Adams sang in the school choir at Douglas County High School and was an apprentice dancer at a local dance company, with the ambition of becoming a ballerina. However, she worked as a greeter at The Gap and as a Hooters hostess to support herself before finding work as a dancer at Boulder's Dinner Theatre and Country Dinner Playhouse in such productions as "Brigadoon" and "A Chorus Line". It was there that she was spotted by a Minneapolis dinner-theater director who asked her to move to Chanhassen, Minnesota for more regional dinner theater work. Nursing a pulled muscle that kept her from dancing, she was free to audition for a part in Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), which was filming nearby in Minnesota. During the filming, Kirstie Alley encouraged her to move to Los Angeles, where she soon won a part in the Fox television version of the film, Cruel Intentions (1999), in the part played in the film by Sarah Michelle Gellar, "Kathryn Merteuil". Although three episodes were filmed, the troubled series never aired. Instead, parts of the episodes were cobbled together and released as the direct-to-video Cruel Intentions 2 (2000). After more failed television spots, she landed a major role in Catch Me If You Can (2002), playing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. But this did not provide the break-through she might have hoped for, with no work being offered for about a year. She eventually returned to television, and joined the short-lived series, Dr. Vegas (2004). Her role in the low-budget independent film Junebug (2005) (which was shot in 21 days) got her real attention, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress as well as other awards. The following year, her ability to look like a wide-eyed Disney animated heroine helped her to be chosen from about 300 actresses auditioning for the role of "Giselle" in the animated/live-action feature film, Enchanted (2007), which would prove to be her major break-through role. Her vivacious yet innocent portrayal allowed her to use her singing and dancing talents. Her performance garnered a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Adams next appeared in the major production, Charlie Wilson's War (2007), and went on to act in the independent film, Sunshine Cleaning (2008), which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Her role as "Sister James" in Doubt (2008) brought her a second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild award, and a British Academy Film award. She appeared as Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) and as a post-9/11 hot line counselor, aspiring writer, amateur cook and blogger in Julie & Julia (2009). More recently, she starred with Jason Segel in The Muppets (2011) and alongside Clint Eastwood in Trouble with the Curve (2012).


Hillbilly Elegy Bev Vance 2020-12-31
The Woman in the Window Anna Fox 2020-12-31
Imagine Herself 2020-03-18
Vice Lynne Cheney 2018-12-25
Xenolinguistics: Understanding Arrival 2017-02-14
Justice League Lois Lane 2017-11-15
Arrival Dr. Louise Banks 2016-11-10
DC Films Presents Dawn of the Justice League Herself 2016-01-19
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Lois Lane 2016-03-23
Nocturnal Animals Susan Morrow 2016-11-04
The Making of Big Eyes Herself 2015-04-14
The Untitled Rick Howard Project 2014-05-13
Lullaby Emily 2014-06-13
Big Eyes Margaret Keane 2014-12-24
The Master: Back Beyond Peggy Dodd 2013-02-26
American Hustle Sydney Prosser 2013-12-12
Her Amy 2013-12-18
Man of Steel Lois Lane 2013-06-12
Wide-Awake The Light-Bringer 2012-12-07
Trouble with the Curve Mickey Lobel 2012-09-21
The Master Peggy Dodd 2012-09-07
On the Road Jane / Joan Vollmer 2012-05-22
The Muppets Mary 2011-11-22
Leap Year Anna Brady 2010-01-08
The Fighter Charlene Fleming 2010-12-17
Love and Distrust Charlotte Brown 2010-08-16
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian Amelia Earhart 2009-05-20
Moonlight Serenade Chloe 2009-01-01
Julie & Julia Julie Powell 2009-08-06
Secret Ingredients: Creating Julie & Julia 2009-12-08
Doubt Sister James 2008-11-27
Sunshine Cleaning Rose Lorkowski 2008-01-18
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day Delysia LaFosse 2008-03-07
Underdog Polly Purebred (voice) 2007-08-03
Enchanted Giselle 2007-11-20
Vanity Fair: Killers Kill, Dead Men Die The Society Girl 2007-01-01
Charlie Wilson's War Bonnie Bach 2007-12-19
Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party Herself 2006-05-30
The Ex Abby March 2006-12-01
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby Susan 2006-08-04
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny Gorgeous Woman 2006-11-22
Pennies 2006-10-20
Standing Still Elise 2005-01-02
The Wedding Date Amy Ellis 2005-02-04
Junebug Ashley Johnsten 2005-08-03
The Last Run Alexis 2004-01-01
The Slaughter Rule Doreen 2002-01-01
Serving Sara Kate 2002-08-23
Catch Me If You Can Brenda Strong 2002-12-25
Pumpkin Alex 2002-06-28
The Chromium Hook Jill Royaltuber 2000-05-13
Cruel Intentions 2 Kathryn Merteuil 2000-11-09
Psycho Beach Party Marvel Ann 2000-08-06
Drop Dead Gorgeous Leslie Miller 1999-07-23
The True American
Disenchanted Giselle